A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Administration to Announce Initiative to Help Honor Military Members and their Families
Policy Management and Budget
Salazar, Jarvis, Darcy to kick-off Armed Forces Week in Virginia
YORKTOWN, VA – On Tuesday, May 15, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy will participate in a ceremony to announce a new initiative to honor our military, their families, and America's public lands.
The Armed Forces Week ceremony will take place at Colonial National Historical Park and will include members from all five branches of the military.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
Ceremony and announcement to honor military members and families
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 10:30 AM EDT
Yorktown Victory Monument, Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA
Note: In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center.